martin cohen


Since his early days as a photographer, Martin Cohen (Amsterdam, 1955) has shown a remarkable sensitivity towards the human condition. His unique talent in capturing portraits that reveal the eternal and ageless has earned him solo exhibitions in Amsterdam, Havana, New York and Los Angeles.

Trained in cinema at the Dutch Film Academy in the late seventies, Cohen traveled extensively after finishing his studies, first on a photo expedition to Africa and later to the USSR, at the height of glasnost and perestroika. After living in New York City, where he combined his photographic activities with a study in theatrical arts, he finally chose Los Angeles as his home base. His images have been published in Harpers Bazaar, Town & Country, Vanity Fair as well as in several European magazines. For well over two decades, Cohen’s work has radiated poetry and soulfulness, often showing the simple life of those who could otherwise have easily been forgotten.

Distinguished by several awards and commendations, both for his work in cinema and in photography (PDN Awards 1996, International Photography Awards 2004), Martin Cohen has continued to output a highly personal and spirited body of work that has been published and seen by audiences in three continents. For HBO Television, he edited the acclaimed documentary Who Are They?, produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Rutger Hauer. Currently, he is preparing a book on Dutch immigrants to the USA. Among his many influences Cohen counts Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) as well as his countryman Edouard Boubat (1923-1999).

His collaboration with Andrew Dunbar was established in May 2004, with their first joint visit to Cuba.